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Ja’ Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (6/28/18)

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Quick Results:

Rich Swann vs Trevor Lee: Rich Swann via pinfall

Desi Hit Squad vs Z & E: Desi Hit Squad via pinfall 

Matt Sydal vs Dezmond Xavier: Matt Sydal via pinfall 

Madison Rayne vs Tessa Blanchard: Madison Rayne via pinfall 

Play by Play:

Impact Wrestling opens up with a recap video of what happend last week.

Madison Rayne kicks us off tonight and she makes her way to the ring.

Madsion starts off by saying that this has been the most exciting return to Impact for her. She reiterates that she only came back as a commentator but things changed quickly and she has been creating moments since her return to the ring. She said she created a moment when she defeated Tessa Blanchard and Taya Valykire. She says she will create another moment at Slammiversary when she beats Su Yung for the Knockouts Championship. Last week she said that she was spooked by Su Yung and talked about how she put both Rosemary and Allie in coffins and we haven’t seen them since. She goes on to say that Su isn’t getting the stay at home mom at Slammiversary she is getting the five time Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne. Tessa Blanchard comes out and interrupts Rayne and says that she was waiting for the punchline.

She thinks this is all hilarious and says that this isn’t 2011 anymore and that she isn’t the best anymore cause she is. Tessa says that holding the champion means thag your the best and that she has been in this business before she was born and that she is the diamond of this business. Madison brings up the fact she beat Tessa at Under Pressure and says she has no problem reminding her. Both knockouts are spooked as we hear the ominous laugh and scream from Su Yung. Tessa Blanchard takes advantage of the distraction and hits Madison Rayne with a forearm.

Rich Swann vs Trevor Lee:

Rich Swann makes his way to the ring for his Impact Wrestling debut match.

Trevor Lee makes his way to the ring for the match. The match starts with a game of one ups manship followed by Swann showing off his dance moves. They need get serious and go back and forth with Swann getting the better of Lee and getting a big dropkick that sends Lee to the floor. Rich then looks to ve going for a dive but instead ops to bounce off the ropes and do a flip and stand tall in the ring as we go to break. Back from break and Rich Swann is in control landed a jab on Lee which sends him into the corner then lands a huge chop then follows up with bringing Trevor to the mat followed up by a huge kick. Lee then gains control on the match and begins to slow down the pace. Trevor lays in the jabs then hit a huge irish whip launching Swann into the corner then gets a nearfall. Lee then hita a huge backdrop on Swann who lands on his face. Lee then begins to press his taped finger into Swann’s face followed up by tossing Swann into the corner and put the boots into him. Swann begins to fight out of the cornwr but Lee quickly atops him and continues the attack followed by a rollup which leads to a two count he then goes for another cover and gets another nearfall. Swannthen begins to fight back and pick up the pace. He hits a tilt a whirl headscissors which sends Lee to the floor. Swann then follows up with a springboard flip onto Lee and brings him back in the ring for a two count.

Lee somehow fights back and lands his signature double stomp for a two count. Rime is wasted which allows for Swann to regain control. Jabs and chops are traded but Swann gets the upperhand and hits a hurricanrana spiking Trevor Lee on his head followed by a Phoenix Splash for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Rich Swann via pinfall 

Back from break we are shown what went down at PCW Ultra. Pentagon Jr. was in the ring and apparently finished a steel cage match and Sami Callihan attacked him with his baseball bat. oVe rhen enter the ring and they begin to attack Pentagon Jr. While oVe holds him up Callihan takes off the mask of Pentagon Jr. and he has now stolen it.

GWN Flashback Moment of the Week:

King of the Mountain Championship Match from a past Slammiversary for the NWA Title.

Desi Hit Squad is UP NEXT

Back from break and Grado is backstage anand surprised by his girlfriend Katerina and tells him that she will have a match next week. She even tells him that she is a former two time knockouts champion but it was under a different name back then.

Desi Hit Squad vs Z & E:

Gama Singh introduces the Desi Hit Squad as they make their way to the ring for the match. Z & E make their way to the ring for the match. The bell tings and Everett and Rojhit kick off the match. Rohit gets a wristlock on Everett and Andrew tries to escape but eats a right hand for his troubles. Everett regains control of the match and tags in DJZ. They then double team Rohit and preforme a wishbone. Rohit tags in his partner and go on the attack. DJZ gains conteol and look to fly but gets caught then Anderew Everett flys but clears everyone then gets knocked down by his own partner. Back in the ring Gursinder hita a big dropkick on DJZ for a two count. He then begins to wear him down but DJZ fights back and senda Gursinder to the floor. Everett then hits a springboard flip onto the Desi Hit Squad. Back in the ring Andrew hits another springboard move and goes for the pin but Rohit breaks it up. Gansender takes a breather in the corner. DJZ comes in for the save but gets his legs sweeped by Rohit. Gursinder then hits a sky high but the pin gets broken up.

Down the stretch Gama Singh gets on the apron and distracts the referee which allows Gansender to get the rollup for the win.

Winners: Desi Hit Squad via pinfall 

Back from break Pentagon Jr. challenges Sami Callihan to a Mask vs Hair match at Slammiversary.

Impact plays a video that gives us in depth look into who Moose is a person. They showed and talked about his childhood and his football career transitioning into professional wrestling.

Impact takes us to House of Hardcore and Tommy Dreamer was in the middle of a match and Eddie slips in the ring and cracks Dreamer open with a kendostick then he begins to drive a piece of the stick into his skull. Eddie then begins to choke out Dreamer with the kendostick. Eddie then slips out of the ring holding up the stick proud of what he’s just done. Moose follows Eddie to the parking lot and ask him what was that about Eddie tells him to leave him alone and walks away.

Back from break and we see LAX in the clubhouse. They are still celebrating from their championship win last week. They ask about K-dog and Konan walks in. Konan gets in the face of King and threats to slap him in the face. King says he was the one who got them back to winning and champions again. Konan says he thinks King is playing them but he is playing him. Ortiz and Santana don’t understand the beef between them and Konan says he has proof.

Matt Sydal vs Dezmond Xavier: 

Dezmond Xavier makes his way to the ring for his match against the X-Division champion.

Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring for the match as we go to break. Back from break and the bell rings. Collar and elbow tie up and we have a stand off. Another collar and elbow tie up and Sydal lokks for a handshake. Xavier doesn’t fall for it and begins to go on the attack with bug kicks followed up by a dropckick that dends him out of the ring. Sydal then goes under the ring and comes out on the other side. Dezmond still stays in conteoland goes for a rollup but Sydal is too close to the ropes and grabs the bottom rope to break the pin. Xavier follows up with a huge clothesline but then Sydal gains control of the match and hits a dragonscrew. Sydal then hits a low fireman’s carry into a single leg boston crab but eventually lets go of the mive as he was lokking to be in some kind of pain. Sydal stays on the attack and looks to hit a suplex but Xavier stops Sydal then sends him into the corner and hits a big running splash. Xavier follows up with a snapmare as Sydal rolls out of the ring. Dezmond follows up with a dive over the ropes and he looks to have tweaked his right knee.

Xavier brings Sydal back in the ring and looks to go to the top to finish the match but Sydal pushes the referee into the ropes causing Xavier to slip and allowing Sydal to hit The Chemical Imbalance for the victory.

Winner: Impact X-Divison Champion Matt Sydal via pinfall 

After the match Brain Cage came to the ring to get revenge on Sydal but Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong attack him from behind which allows Sydal to hit Cage with the championship leading to Kong hitting the top rope splash.

Sami Callihan and oVe with the oVe cam. Sami Callihan accepts the match and calls him a phony and says he isn’t scared of him. Callihan calls him a great wrestler in a mask.

Josh Mathews and Don Callis announce that their is going to be a four way at Slammiversary. Rich Swann vs Johnny Impact vs Taji Ishimori vs Fenix.

Madison Rayne vs Tessa Blanchard:

Tessa Blanchard makes her way to the ring for her match.

Madison Rayne makes her way to the ring for the match. Back from break the bell rings and Madison Rayne runs right at Tessa and she hits her with a flurry of forearms which sends her to the floor. Madsion mantains the speed and gets a two count on Tessa. Rayne goes to the apron and slips under Tessa but then gets caught with a hip attack. Tessa then grabs Madison by the wristand continues to hold on to it as whe hits two big clotheslines followe by a side suplex for a two count. Tessa stays in control and hits a snapmare followd by a big kick followed by a nearfall. Tessa then locks in the abdominal stretch and Tessa looks to go for a pumphandle slam but Rayne counters for a one count. Tessa gets control back and hits a delayed vertical suplex for a nearfall. Tessa goes to the top but misses and Madison hits a tilt a whirl headscissors sending Tessa into the corner. Madison then hits a sliding clothesline for a nearfall. Tessa reagins control and puts Tessa in the corner and hits an avalanche flatliner from the second rope for a nearfall.

Blanchard looks to hit a move from behing but eats elbows from Madison then a spear which leads to both knockouts down and out on the mat.  Noth get back upand each land strikes on each other. Tessa then lands a big kick into the sturum of Madison Rayne. Tessa looks to hit the hammerlock DDT but Madison counters into a huge crucifix for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Madison Rayne via pinfall

After the match Tessa Blanchard attacks Madison and grabs a chair and looks to hit her with it but Su Yung and the undead bridesmaids make their way to the ring but Tessa braces herself with the steel chair but as they got on the apron Tessa elects to leave the ring leaving Madison alone to face them.

Su Yung then tell the undead bridesmaids to attack Madison followed by Su Yung looking for the panicswitch but the returning Allie makes the save and clears the ring.

Ja’ Von’s Take: The show itself had a different feel to it as they were not in the Impact Zone this week. The show mainly emanated from Saint Clara College but also showed segements from House of Hardcore and PCW Ultra. Overall the show was ok this week as we got two new matches announced for Slammiversary.

My Score: 6/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review

With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?

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With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?

The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.

So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!

Ratings:

  • Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
  • ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack  wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
  • Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
  • Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4

Review Notes:

Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.

After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.

Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.

Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.

The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.

Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.

Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.

A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.

Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.

Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).

A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.

Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!

LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.

Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross.  So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.

Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.

So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.

Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:

  • Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
  • Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500 
  • Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900  
  • Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
  • Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
  • Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000

Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.

 

 

 


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Review (2/8/2019)

Impact Wrestling, coming off the worst Twitch viewership, and worst rated show of the year…do we see a bounce back leading into Uncaged?

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Impact Wrestling, coming off the worst Twitch viewership, and worst rated show of the year…do we see a bounce back leading into Uncaged?

With my assumed direction for the main event to become a 4 way, Allie’s ongoing struggle with Demons and Zombies, Team Impact vs Team AAA and Sami’s history with Rich Swann, Uncaged has a lot to build towards.

Let’s not overlook that we’re getting an Impact Tag Team Championship rematch between LAX and the Lucha Bros. So it’s gonna take some impressive fail for this episode to fall short.

Time to find out.

Ratings:

  • Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs Dave & Jake Crist: Swann wins via 450 Splash – ***
  • Kiera Hogan vs Allie: Hogan wins via Face the Music – ** 1/4
  • Rohit Raju vs Trey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Sami Callihan vs Puma King: Callihan wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
  • Impact Tag Team Championship: LAX (c) vs Lucha Bros: Lucha Bros win via Spike Fear Factor – *** 3/4TITLE CHANGE!!

 

Review Notes:

Tag action starts us off. The Crists come out to continue the story with Swann and Sami Callihan. We get a solid match. Crowd was asleep, so that did make it come off a little flat, but lots of good action from both the Crists and Mack/Swann. So it’s a good start.

Lucha Bros promo, followed by the announcement that the Uncaged main event is now a 4 Way match. Johnny vs Cage vs Moose vs Kross. Obvious twist with how things have been going, but no complaints.

Flashback moment is the last few minutes of Pentagon’s World Championship victory against Austin Aries and Fenix at Redemption 2018.

We see the storyline move forward with all the Darkness, Su Yung gets wiped out and Allie has a fit thinking Su disappeared and Rosemary might show up. So because she freaks out and doesn’t just grab the bloody glove, Kiera takes the opening to hit her Cradle Neckbreaker finish. No appearance by Rosemary though.

They announce RVD & Sabu vs Lucha Bros for United We Stand.

Allie and Su are seen in the back, with Allie muttering “she’s here”. Screen flickers and a message is seen ” The witching is upon us. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”

The contrast in styles between an old school heel and the new school “flippy” guy, worked fairly well. Old heel tactics kept Trey grounded for the most part, but he still pulled off a Triangle Enzuigiri as well as his Head Tucked in the Turnbuckle Tiger Feint ( think Will Ospreay’s Cheeky Nandos Kick, but tucking the head and then hitting a 619 instead). Trey winning with the Meteora off the top, punctuated the shenanigans more than looking cool.

Quick Scarlett bumper about her in-ring debut next week.

Sami and Puma King starts off with a lot of Sami brawling with some nice heel work. Puma King has a nice Headscissors out of a Tree of Woe, and then starts putting some offense together. After a huge miss on the dive to the outside, Puma King is on the back foot, but they do put together a nice sequence to pick things up a little. We get an odd Drop Toe Hold into La Magistral spot, but the finishing sequence is solid. All in all in the best match on the show so far, a damn solid episode already.

Video hype package for Taya versus Tessa.

Eli confronts Eddie Edwards about next week’s match, trying to convince him to drop the hardcore style.

Melissa Santos interviews Moose and Kross. Moose turns on a little more goofiness, trying to say it’s unfair to the others because they’re a team and have one another’s blind sides. Moose says “Just like Bill Belichick says, there’s no I in team” and Kross nods, ” That’s good. But I prefer the one with the Frog and the Scorpion”. Moose doesn’t get the reference, but it alludes to Kross using Moose to get to a goal. So we’ll see if it falls apart next week.

 

They had a lot to follow after their Homecoming match, but this wasn’t bad. It starts quick again, and this match had the same issue the last one did, where it felt too fast. Moves weren’t hitting flush, double clutching or waiting too long to take a spot hurt the match a little. Both tag teams kicked out of the respective finishers, so no one looks bad. Lucha Bros have to hit a second Spike Feat Factor, as Fenix lays out Ortiz with a tope. Konnan makes them shake hands, but there’s still a little heat.

 

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Nothing about this show was bad. Stories moved forward, big announcement for United We Stand with the RVD & Sabu vs Lucha Bros main event. Also coming off of the AEW news that Lucha Bros will show up there, winning the Impact Tag Championships could lead to some interesting cross over. Who knows.

But like I said, good show. Nice to see Impact bounce back a little from the lack luster show last week.

  • Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
  • Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500 
  • Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900  
  • Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
  • Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650

As you see, the overall numbers were a little better than last week when it comes to Twitch audience, and it held steady at 6,000 for most of the show. So the product was a little better, as the ‘Go Home’ to Uncaged. So maybe we’ll see a spike next week for the bigger show.


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